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    commanteer

    I'm glad for the daughter, but it's a sad story when a father publicly says these things about his daughter. That's disgraceful, and something that no amount of money can fix.

    Posted in: Furniture magnate fails to oust daughter in family feud

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    Most media photos are Photoshopped before publishing. What's your point? Are you saying there is something deceptive about the picture?

    Posted in: A walk in Shibuya

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    This will hugely increase the liability of auto companies. Not only will they be making the cars, but they will be driving them. If a car causes an accident or fatality, unless the owner has tampered with it or not maintained it properly, it will be a product liability issue. The same as if your rice cooker explodes.

    Posted in: What do you think of driverless cars?

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    The world is getting tired of the US controlling the flow of money, internationally intrusive tax/trade laws, currency manipulation, money politics and the NSA spying on all transactions. As Frederic suggested above, this is just the one of the first steps to removing the US dollar as the world currency.

    The ramifications for the US will be huge, and most Americans are so used to being the one and only that they are completely clueless about what is going to happen. Even those in the US govt. are surprised, as evidenced by their stumbling and poorly thought out reaction.

    Japan is stuck as the only one siding with the US here, not a good position to be in.

    Posted in: U.S., Japan isolated as allies line up to join China-led bank

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    The question wasn't about how they spend their weekend, the question was what activities they feel they have wasted time on over the weekend. I'd say they are pretty much identical to the answers Westerners would give. Between TV, the internet and games, most people waste their time off. Games are a massive business in the US.

    We all waste enormous amounts of our time. I'm wasting my time right now, in fact!

    Posted in: Japanese men share top 10 ways their weekends disappear

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    Perfect for scratching that itch in the middle of your back just out of reach of your fingers. I mean, I can ask a stranger to take my picture, but I don't quite have the nerve to ask one to scratch my back.

    Posted in: What do you think of selfie sticks?

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    Should be retitled "top 10 lies women think they can spot." Women can be defensive, and those who act cynical and knowing about men are usually basing their "insights" on the 2 or 3 guys they've been involved with. Ironically, the women who say they can catch out liars easily are usually the ones who are most susceptible. It's a combination of bad experiences and a defensive wall against future bad experiences. It's the ugly flip side of naivety.

    Posted in: Japanese women list top 10 lies they can spot the second a guy says them

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    The US uses a hideous and outdated measuring system, Imagine if Japan was still measuring everything in terms of li and shaku. There is really no excuse to continue using these. Americans are often surprisingly conservative about little things, though.

    Buying drugs is a great way to learn the metric system. ("Johnny, how many grams of marijuana are in one ounce?") So maybe the decriminalization of certain drugs will help in this regard.

    Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system?

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    "... after graduating from Princeton, Cruz attended Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude in 1995 with a Juris Doctor degree. While at Harvard Law, Cruz was a primary editor of the Harvard Law Review, and executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and a founding editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review."

    Well, obviously another Republican dummy. And some of us actually like the idea of the government shutting down. Of course, no single person can do that, but I suppose it's simpler to have one person to blame.

    Posted in: Tea Party's Ted Cruz launches White House bid

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    Not foreign visitors.

    Posted in: Imperial lunch

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    I keep a little notebook full of passwords next to my PC

    I do the same. I also use LastPass. The nice thing about the latter is that it won't offer a password if I visit a spoof site, so it adds an extra layer of security. I do hope that biometric passwords become the norm - though they have their drawbacks as well.

    Posted in: Can't remember your password? Here are 2 new ways to log in

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    I hate to say it, but I suspect Abe will somehow screw it up - lowering Japan's reputation and strengthening the hands of Korea and China. I really hope he doesn't, but the combination of arrogance and his slow wit isn't promising.

    Posted in: Abe's visit to U.S. generating a lot of interest, controversy

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    I start to lose sympathy for the working people who go along with these plans. They are supporting massive corruption and long-term environmental and economic destruction for a temporary job. When their great-grandchildren ask why there's a massive wall instead of the horizon on the sea, they will be told, "It was so your great-granddad could have a job for a couple years. We are still paying for it - that's why you can't have new shoes."

    Corruption at the top is enabled by corruption at the bottom.

    Posted in: Japan opts for massive, costly sea wall to fend off tsunamis

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    The question wasn't so much implying that he's ashamed of it. Of course he is proud of the Beatles. It has to do with the description pretty much negating everything he has done in the last 45 years of his career. You rarely hear former Yardbird Eric Clapton, or former Police member Sting. It would imply they haven't done anything since.

    I would find it difficult to spend decades producing work, and still be identified by the group I was with when I was still pretty much just a kid. It would be frustrating to think that none of the 40 years of dedicated work I produced was recognized at all, and that my entire livelihood depended on a few good years I had in my younger days. In a sense, I would rather have modest success later in life than massive success right out of the gate, and spend the rest of life trying to top it.

    Posted in: Paul McCartney announces Budokan concert

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    I wonder if it grates on him, at 72 years old, to still be referred to as "Former Beatle Paul McCartney?"

    Posted in: Paul McCartney announces Budokan concert

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    My guess is that the Jews in the US, who are heavily Democratic, will remember this in 2016.

    Where have I heard this kind of talk before? Ah... now I remember.

    Posted in: U.S. rebukes Israel's victorious Netanyahu on Mideast policy

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    commanteer

    Ah....reminiscing. As Humphry Bogart said to Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca: "We'll always have Paris."

    Posted in: 'Paris Cannibal' Sagawa reminisces over his grisly crime

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    Japan's thinking is that it was Korea and China which taught the world, false history, and that Japan is the victim of Korea and China. They really believe this. What I'm trying to get at is that, I think it's just ridiculous to demand atonement from a country which is really not mentally right.

    "Japan" doesn't think anything, or teach anything. It's a nation of 120 million people, each of whom have their own thoughts and opinions. The country is not a living entity. It goes without saying that diagnosing a country of 120 million as mentally ill says more about the doctor that it does about the patient.

    Taking an entire country and characterising it as one person is a typical propaganda ploy used to stir up hatred and start wars. Please learn the names of the individuals or groups you disagree with. If you were American, would you like to be characterised as mentally ill because of the actions of Bush, Cheney or Obama?

    Posted in: China says Japan ties face test, opportunity this year

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    1- There is a problem with ATMs, but it's because so few of them accept foreign credit cards. If they don't fix this problem before the Olympics, it's going to make Japan look like a backwards and closed country - which, so far as the banking system is concerned, it is.

    2- Agreed. The author doesn't have a clue how central heating works.

    3- More skinship? ah...no, thanks.

    4- Large sized shoes, please! Especially since there's a 5000 yen import tax on each pair of shoes from overseas. Even if the size ordered is unavailable in Japan.

    5- Cheap pizza? Not exactly high in my list of priorities. But if it's that important to you, either buy one at Costco or (better yet) make it yourself. With a bread machine, it's not all that difficult.

    Posted in: Five things expats wish Japan had

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    Japan should focus on relations with China, especially as long as Park is in office. Koreans are busy isolating themselves diplomatically, and they are basically a smallish country that will always have limited influence.

    Despite the anti-Japan sentiment in China, most Chinese aren't that interested in carrying a grudge forever - whereas Korea seems to be headed in the opposite direction. Maybe when Korea elects a serious president...

    Posted in: S Korea, China, Japan seek to ease tensions

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